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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Cam Ward maybe lost for the season

During Sunday's loss to the Rangers, Conn Smythe winning goalie Cam Ward was inadvertantly cut by a skate blade just above his left knee. He left the game, going to the Rangers dressing room instead of the Canes room, where there are more facilities. The muscle just above the kneecap needed eight stitches, then three more to close the cut.

According to Luke Decock of the News & Observer, Ward will be out for the remainder of the season. Because of where the cut is, and stress to it, including any bending of the knee would impede the healing process.

With a cut of any kind, especially a deep one like this, there's always the chance that a staph infection could develop, which would make matters even worse. At this point, all we know is that Ward is sidelined indefinitely, and the language around the campfire suggests that a return is very doubtful.

Johnny Crackers came on in relief, and did a very nice job. It will be his job for the duration of the season.

Justin Peters, who has been less than stellar in Albany this season, will be called up.

This does not help Carolina's playoff hopes.

If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time, you probably know that I'm a closet Canucks fan. They will be my team when the "second season" starts. There. I said it.

4 comments:

Josh Crockett said...

Well, my longtime Pens-fan buddy pulled for our guys last year, so I think I'll be returning the favor for him this year.

steve said...

According to Chuck Kaiton this morning on the radio, he said that Cam walked out of the building last night. Said he had a couple of stitches and wouldn't be surprised to see him back within the week.

CasonBlog said...

Every good war movie has to have a Kowalski. Craig got the call-up nod over Peters.

Zanstorm said...

You'd think that if the cut went to his muscle that it would take more than 5 games to heal. Hmm.
Hey D'Lee! Jump on the Canucks bandwagon! There's lots of room on it!

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